Illinois park of the month: Millennium Park

Millennium Park is a state-of-the-art public space in an urban area that showcases why Chicago is one of the world’s greatest cities.

Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a tourist, Millennium Park is a place you need to visit. Located in downtown, the park is an epicenter for entertainment, art exhibits, family fun and impressive architecture and landscape design.

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Illinois artist of the month: Christopher BrennanChristopher Brennan is a painter based in Alton who draws inspiration from Midwestern towns and cities.

His depictions of everyday scenes evoke feelings of familiarity as viewers are transported to spaces seemingly part of their own memories. Focusing on urban and natural landscapes, his work is introspective in nature and provides imagery that allows the mind to wonder and explore.

When not painting himself, Brennan teaches art at the collegiate level, currently at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

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Illinois park of the month: Washington Park

If you are in Springfield and want to spend time outdoors, then Washington Park is a place you should visit.

Located near many gorgeous historic homes, this 150-acre site that’s named after President George Washington offers the opportunity to view nature at its finest. It’s a great place for a family picnic or a relaxing day in the sun.

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5 Notable Illinois Camps to send your kids to this summer

With summer just around the corner, now is a perfect time for parents to start investigating camps for their children that encourage personal growth through the warm months. With a number of great summer camps all over the state there is no need to look far. Here are just a handful of unique opportunities Illinois has to offer.

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JohnMaloofPortraitBorn in Chicago, John Maloof developed a passion for art a young age. He is an immensely talented artist who works in different mediums. Maloof is the chief curator of Vivian Maier’s work and directed Finding Vivian Maier. This hit documentary tells the story of Vivian Maier, whose photographs that were uncovered earned her posthumous recognition as one of the best street photographers in the history of America.

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